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February 8, 2023

Bill to Require Eco-Friendly Appliance Replacement Option Passes Committee

This bill would allow Coloradans to replace broken gas appliances with electric appliances under warranty

DENVER, CO – The House Energy and Environment committee passed legislation today that would allow homeowners to replace their under warranty gas appliances with electric appliances. HB23-1134 aims to give Coloradans more eco-friendly and energy efficient options when it comes to replacing their everyday appliances. 

“If your gas appliance breaks, you should be able to replace it under warranty with an eco-friendly electric option,” said Rep. Junie Joseph, D-Boulder. “Our bill would give Coloradans the option of replacing their broken stove that relies on unpredictable natural gas prices with an electric equivalent. We’re giving Coloradans a choice when it comes to replacing gas-powered household appliances to help save them money and cut down on harmful indoor emissions.”   

“No one wants to deal with a broken water heater, but at least under our bill Coloradans have eco-friendly options when it comes to selecting a replacement,” said Rep. Cathy Kipp, D-Fort Collins. “Our bill would give Coloradans the option of replacing their under warranty, unrepairable gas-powered appliances with electric models. Coloradans interested in making the switch from gas to electric appliances when their gas appliance is in need of replacement would have that option under this legislation.”

HB23-1134 passed committee by a vote of 6-3 and would require home service warranty contracts that provide coverage for gas-fueled appliances to allow homeowners to replace them with electric-powered appliances if they are still covered under warranty.

This bill aims to give consumers the option to replace their broken down gas powered appliances, including stoves, ovens, furnaces, HVAC systems, and water heaters, with an eco-friendly electric option. 

A growing body of research shows when used without proper ventilation, gas stoves emit unsafe levels of nitrogen oxides indoors. HB23-1134 would also require home warranty service contracts to describe minimum efficiency and performance standards for each gas-fueled appliance and for any electric replacements so consumers can make informed and cost-effective decisions.

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